According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, as of September 27th, there were 119,115 Americans on the national waiting list for transplantable organs. Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration reveals that of that figure, 97,896 people on the national list are waiting for kidney transplants. Moreover, the data reveals that 18 people die every day in America while waiting for an organ transplant.
The problem is not that there are not enough organs. After all, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million Americans die every year. The problem is that the price of organs is not allowed to rise to a level that will encourage more of us to act.
Relying on moral suasion to get people to donate organs is not working. When offered zero dollars for our body parts, rational humans often opt to hang on to our organs rather than do the morally-right thing and donate them.